So Long Blackboard IM

blackboard IM interfaceLesley University has been using Blackboard IM (BBIM) since 2012. It served us well as a collaboration and communication tool for students, faculty and staff when there were few options available to us. However, it’s now time to say so long.

While BBIM has not technically been discontinued by Blackboard, it has not received updates or improvements in several years. For the last two years, we have been pointing faculty and students to other options such as Skype for Business and Collaborate Ultra. Collaborate Ultra is integrated into all myLesley courses and Skype for Business is available via your Lesley Office 365 account. Both tools have modern, easy-to-use interfaces and mobile capabilities. They can also be accessed with the same Lesley accounts that you already have. There’s no need to create a separate login and password as you did with BBIM.

For these reasons, we say BBIM….

After the upgrade, you may still continue to use your existing BB IM, but you will not be able to create new accounts and we will no longer be supporting it. If you need assistance switching to Skype for Business or Collaborate Ultra, email

Blackboard IM Part II and Voice Tools Workshop Alert

Lesley University has a new collaboration tool called Blackboard Instant Messenger (BB IM). BB IM combines Skype’s audio and video call capability with some light webinar tools that allow students and faculty to easily work together online.

eLIS will be hosting a workshop by a Collaborate trainer to introduce you to BB IM. The workshop has two parts. Both are fully online so you can access them from anywhere with a decent internet connection.

Part 2: Collaborating with BB IM  will take place on Wednesday, October 31 from 1-3pm ET


Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring is a sophisticated yet simple way of giving your online classes a voice. Perfect for language learning or creating vocal exercises in any subject, voice authoring facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment. Learn how to increase the interaction and student engagement level of any online class by embedding vocal interactions into the page level of your Course Management System (CMS). 
 In this workshop, participants will explore features like import and export audio; learn to manage the all of the voice authoring tools from the CMS, or simply save time by reusing vocal content for the next course.

To register for either workshop click here.

Additional workshop offerings can be found on our Professional Development calendar.